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Brett Curtis and the Rutland Herald Win FOI Award

Brett Curtis and Rutland Herald FOI AwardMatthew B. Byrne and Robert B. Hemley congratulate Brett Curtis and the Rutland Herald on winning the New England First Amendment Coalition Freedom of Information Award.  The FOI Award is given to journalists for a “body of work that protects or advances the public’s right to know under federal or state law.” Click here for a copy of the article.

Mr. Curtis and the Rutland Herald won for their work in exposing the use of pornography by Rutland City Police Department personnel.  Mr. Curtis and the Rutland Herald obtained access to City records after a multiyear litigation that went to the Vermont Supreme Court twice. A copy of the opinion is here.

Court Dismisses Putative Securities Class Action

A litigation team led by Bob Hemley and Matt Byrne scored another victory for the founder and officers of a publicly-traded company in a proposed securities class action. On December 20, 2013, Judge William Sessions dismissed the claims with prejudice.

The victory follows a dismissal that Gravel & Shea obtained in a related proposed securities class action on September 26, 2013.  Rather than amending their complaint, the plaintiffs in that action elected to pursue an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

A copy of the opinion is available here.

Jeff Polubinski Becomes a Member of the Bar

Jeff-Polubinski-and-Chief-Justice-Reiber-Swearing-InJeff Polubinski, pictured here with Chief Justice Reiber of the Vermont Supreme Court, was sworn into the Vermont bar on November 22, 2013. Jeff is the most recent associate to join Gravel & Shea and is practicing in the firm’s Real Estate and Corporate Departments.